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Department
Philosophy
Course
PHL 302
Professor
Stephen Phillips
Semester
Fall

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The Tao Te Ching or Lau Tzu Some principal themes (and a few citations): 1. simplicity (or authenticity) and simplification (do not fan desires; reduce them): "Hold on to the uncarved wood" (19.4) 2. pantheism (or spiritual monism) and the coincidence of opposites (yin and yang) in Tao: 20 3. minimalism in government (control gets out of control): 2.3, 17.1, 57.1-4 "The sage manages affairs without action" (2.1) 4. mysticism (hold fast to the Tao, the great Mother): 10.1-7, 16.1-3, 20 5. anti-intellectualism (worse to have a little knowledge than not to know at all): 1.1, 56.1, 71.1, 6. in
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